Well, May has been so eventful I had to actually sit down with my journal to work out if everything I remembered had actually happened in May. And I wrote this whole post forgetting it was Colin's birthday in the midst of it all! This hasn’t been a great month in many ways, it has been fantastic in others – not least the gorgeous weather we had! Not all of what happened this month is appropriate to share on here, but it has been a difficult one for our family and when one area of life is difficult it just makes everything else that bit tougher to deal with. Read on...Read More
Welcome! I'm Nicola, I encourage mums who are struggling with tough times make their home happy. My husband has Crohn's disease, one of my sons has Down Syndrome and yet - most of the time - our home is a happy place and I'd love to share with you how that looks!
Ah May, you have started so wonderfully, after such a cold April too. Were you up to much over Easter? Hopefully the cool weather didn’t disrupt your plans too much – with a later Easter this year I was hoping that our trip to the Lake District might have a few nice days but it was jumper and even coat weather all week!
We’ve had a busy April, here's what we've been up to....Read More
So over Easter we went on an extended family holiday to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest on the edge of the Lake District. Before we went I spent hours, literally, googling “Center Parcs Toddler Ideas” and “Center Parcs Whinfell Forest what to bring” hoping that I’d get some inspiration to ensure we made the most of our week.
So here our my top tips, the other side of our trip!Read More
My 8 week old baby boy nestling in my arms, I walked into my workplace. Pulling a face, a colleague took one look at him in my arms and said "Well, he doesn't look very Down Syndrome-y", and walked away.
Still to this day, the words sting. Do people see my son and assess how Down Syndrome-y he looks?
March just flew by, I had so many things going on after a crazy few months of hospital appointments and trips. Things like dentist trips (for the kids, I keep putting mine off), haircuts, smear tests - all the things that just kept getting pushed back. And then I finally got the work on my Down Syndrome Education course converted into a therapy programme for Daniel. That took two days hard work to come up with and I'm now into the 'making resources' phase. Anyway, here's what I've been enjoying this month:Read More
I thought today I would share some of our quick and easy dinners that you can make in around ten-fifteen minutes. Honestly. Unlike what I’ve heard about a famous chef’s recipes which claim similar time scales and take three times as long…!Read More
I stood waiting for my friend to get back from the toilet at a wedding. A guy I went to uni with came up for a chat. It’d been a good few years since we last spoke. Despite not being Facebook friends, I knew enough from other’s interactions with him that he was married and a dad. I don’t know how much he knew about my life these days, but the conversation went something like this, him first:Read More
I hate winter. I hate the short days, the cold rain and the fact my eldest's breathing problems in the wind mean we don't get outside at all most days. But the end of February marks the end of winter for me. The first of March brings with it a promise of the season to come, a warmth to the sun (when it makes a rare appearance) and it's still light at the end of dinner time each evening. Roll on June and 11pm dusk!
A little look at the bits and bobs that got me through February - reading, learning, watching, homemaking, parenting and faith...Read More
The fruits of the Spirit, like self-control, come from being IN HIM. The way apples appear on the tree by tending to the roots and health of the tree, so self-control will come when we are spending time in the Bible, with God, working on the roots of our faith and relationship with Him.Read More
I watched Groundhog Day for the first time last year – you know, the one where Bill Murray wakes up every morning and it is February 2, again. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over. And I was struck by how early years parenting could be described as Groundhog Day. But for those of us who have children with special needs, our parenting journey can be even more caught in a time-loop.
....It’s wearying parenting the same things over and over again. Maybe you've the same frustrations?Read More